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Premiere pilot movie
March 26, 1971
September 14, 1971
Finale March 3, 1976
Airs Tuesdays to Saturdays at 3:05 AM on MeTV
Developed by Edward Hume
Network/Provider CBS
Style 60-minute crime drama
Company Quinn Martin Productions
Distributor Viacom Enterprises (until 1995)
Paramount Domestic Television (1995–2006)
CBS Paramount Television (2006–2007)
CBS Television Distribution (2007–2021)
CBS Media Ventures (2021– )
Seasons 5
Episodes 122 + pilot movie
Origin USA

Cannon is a crime drama that aired on CBS.

Frank Cannon was a detective with the Los Angeles police department. However, he resigned after the deaths of his wife and son in a car accident and later became a private detective. The series begins at the point where Cannon is just beginning this new career (the pilot film picks up after Cannon has just spent 2 1/2 months overseas on an investigation). The cause of death of Cannon's wife and child was not clear through the first four seasons of the show. However, the first episode of the fifth and final season revolves around Cannon's investigation of the deaths, and he finally finds out the reason they were killed.

The noticeably overweight Frank Cannon had expensive tastes, especially in food and cars. (His primary vehicle was a silver '71 Lincoln Continental Mark III.) Cannon's investigations were mostly for clients in the Southern California area, although on occasion he was called in for investigations much farther away (e.g., New Mexico in the pilot).

Cannon occasionally would get hurt (shot or beaten) and knocked unconscious. He carried a gun for self-defense, usually a snub-nosed .38 Special revolver. He was known to subdue suspects with karate chops, judo holds, and occasionally he would thrust and knock down adversaries with his huge abdomen.

In the first two seasons Cannon was a pipe smoker. In the third season, the pipe was seen occasionally; it was subsequently dropped altogether.



Actor Character Duration
Billed Cast 1 2 3 4 5
William Conrad Frank Cannon * * * * *


Season  Premiere Finale #
Cannon: Pilot March 26, 1971
Season One September 14, 1971 March 14, 1972 24
Season Two September 13, 1972 March 21, 1973 24
Season Three September 12, 1973 March 20, 1974 25
Season Four September 11, 1974 April 2, 1975 24
Season Five September 10, 1975 March 3, 1976 25
The Return of Frank Cannon November 1, 1980


DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Season Sets  (Region 1)
Season One, Volume One July 8, 2008 purchase 4
Season One, Volume Two December 2, 2008 purchase 4
Season Two, Volume One June 2, 2009 purchase 4
Season Two, Volume Two February 16, 2010 purchase 3
Season Three January 10, 2013 purchase 6

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